Control my Prusa 3D printer with a 35$ raspberry pi!

Written by Walter Schreppers on 12/9/2012


Received my raspberry pi in the mail a few weeks ago. Figured how great it would be to let it control my printer instead of leaving my laptop in the garage all night. A day of hacking later in node.js and I had it up and running !





Future work this weekend will be done on the following:

  1. Better stylesheet (most likely jquery mobile so I can also do it on my android phone ;) ).

  2. Add drop down box so you can select from all gcode files uploaded to print.

  3. Add interface for a webcam which I will mount on the second printer. That way I can even print from work and watch the progress with some snapshots from the webcam (I have a cheap psp cam for that).

  4. Once code is clean enough, release it into the wild on github !



Incidently my nice second black printer is completely printed with the first ugly blue one. Why? Because we can ;) No really it has lots of improvements also, should be easier to maintain etc. What I meant with controlling the printer without a laptop is that since it's just a site I can use my android phone or tablet as well! Even more cool is that on boot the raspberry reports it's ip to a webserver of mine so I can access it from anywhere, more on that in the next vid this weekend ;)

UPDATE. It's now on github. I changed some things to make it work with pronsole which seems more stable. Still lots of work todo like adding stylesheets etc.

Printerface on github

Clone and hack/print the planet !

UPDATE 2: This old archived post is now added to the hobby projects pages

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